Motherhood

So now I am an Aunt (sigh).  

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There are five beautiful, amazing and loving nieces and nephews (Jacob, Caleb, Miss Lottie, Miss Belle and Little Miss India) far across the sea that I am lucky to call my family.  They are perfect.  I miss them.  And I miss knowing that our boys are way across the pond from them.  To bring them together to for a childhood knowing each other is something I so dearly hope to make happen.

Now they have a cousin that is within bike-pedaling distance and it's a lot to appreciate and look forward to as time unfolds it's moments.  Having this new little nephew means so much more now too.  Knowing everything my little sister has gone through to be a mom is a lot for a big sister to wrap her head around; but I'm trying.  I remember her being the little sidekick at slumber parties whom my friends all adored.  I remember everything at four-year-intervals...My high school graduation as she began at Newman, my degree from Florida State as she decided to move to Jacksonville, my marriage as she graduated UNF, my first baby the year she got married.  And now, I have a four-year-old as she and her husband welcome a new tiny little Trip to the world and I couldn't be happier.  

I'm so glad he's here.  I'm so glad she's safe-and-sound.  I'm so glad they're both healthy.  I'm so proud to introduce this little miracle.